- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 11, 2002

Russia warns U.S. of new chicken ban

MOSCOW A Russian ban on imports of U.S. poultry could be reimposed next month, as the two sides have not reached a compromise on a dispute that arose after Moscow voiced concerns over sanitary conditions at American processing plants.
First Deputy Agriculture Minister Sergei Dankvert told the Interfax news agency yesterday that the Russians were not ready to make exceptions for the U.S. industry.
The Russian government imposed a ban on U.S. poultry imports in March, citing concerns over sanitary conditions at U.S. plants and cases of salmonella in imported chicken. The ban was lifted a month later after the United States promised to clean up its chicken exports.

Turkish aide quits to prepare for vote
ANKARA, Turkey Turkey's respected economy minister quit yesterday to pursue his effort to unite pro-Western political forces in opposing a popular Islamic party in November's national election.
Kemal Dervis, a former World Bank official who is not a member of a political party, has become one of the most trusted figures in this NATO nation for his widely praised direction of efforts to revive the economy from its worst slump in decades.

German soldiers pan Schroeder on Iraq
BERLIN The head of a soldiers group criticized Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder yesterday for ruling out German participation in any war with Iraq.
Col. Bernhard Gertz, chairman of the independent German Military Federation, a lobbying group that represents the interests of armed forces members, said Mr. Schroeder's decision was "extremely unfortunate."

Finland deports Romanian Gypsies
BUCHAREST, Romania Eighty-eight Romanian Gypsies returned to Romania yesterday on a charter flight after European Union member Finland refused to grant them political asylum and expelled the group, police said.
The Gypsies had sought to enter Finland as tourists and asked for asylum after destroying their passports to conceal their origin and avoid being sent back to their home country.

Weekly notes
Slobodan Milosevic, facing an international war-crimes tribunal, will be nominated by his Socialist Party to stand in Serbia's presidential election next month. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said yesterday that they hope to see a political solution in Iraq, the Kremlin said. The leaders spoke by telephone. The Isle of Capri, usually drenched in Mediterranean sunshine, woke up yesterday to find itself covered in mud as wild weather swept through Europe. Switzerland's international film festival at Locarno will dedicate its last day today to screening Afghani films, saved from destruction by loyal staff who risked their lives to hide the country's movie heritage from the Taliban regime.

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